Summary: My project is about Bacterial Meningitis. I made a podcast about it, which explains what it is. It also explains the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the disease.


A. Overview
1. My disease is Bacterial Meningitis. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain
B. Pathology
1. The symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis don’t show until 2-3 weeks. Common symptoms will occur.
2. If you don’t go to the hospital immediately and you wait a couple days, the disease can get worse. Worse symptoms will occur and the disease could become life threatening.

C. Symptoms
1. Common symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis are high fever, headache, and stiff neck.
2. Other symptoms are vomiting, nausea, confusion, sensitivity to light and sleepiness. Also, if the disease progresses, patients can begin to have seizures.
D. Acquisition
1. Bacterial Meningitis is spread by direct close contact with the discharges from the nose or throat of an infected person.
E. Diagnosis
1. The diagnosis is usually made by growing bacteria from a sample of spinal fluid. A doctor inserts a needle into the lower back and removes some fluid form the spinal canal.
F. Treatment
1. Treatments for Bacterial Meningitis include:
- Antibiotics
- Oxygen therapy
- Monitoring fluids
- Emergency hospitalization

G. Mortality Rate
1. In the United States, Bacterial Meningitis is very rare. However, parts of Africa have widespread epidemics regularly.
2. The biggest wave of the disease was recorded in 1996 in West Africa. An estimated 250,00 cases & 25,00 deaths
H. Prevention
1. To prevent Bacterial Meningitis you should get:
- Vaccines
- Treatment of close contact
- Travel precautions

I. Other Information
1. A lot of complications can come from Bacterial Meningitis. For example, Advanced Bacterial Meningitis can lead to brain damage, coma or death.
2. You can also suffer long-term complications, including hearing loss, mental retardation and paralysis